Zoetermeer Travel Guide

  • Zoetermeer
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  • Zoetermeer
    by FlyingDutchmen
  • Zoetermeer
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Zoetermeer Things to Do

  • The museum

    On my little walk through the old village, I found myself opposite the museum. It shows the history of Zoetermeer and Zegwaart. For Dutch readers the link below is very interesting. Also a book on Zoetermeer history by W.J. Veldhuizen is fully available on the net. A nice read!www.oudsoetermeer.nl/hgos/pubs/zzhw/zzhw.html

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  • Vlamingstraat

    The Vlamingstraat is a little dyke with water on one side, and on either side a collection of lovely cottage-like houses, renovated farms and posher villa's.

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  • City heart (Stadshart)

    The old center is quite tiny. When I walked off the Dorpsstraat I found myself looking at this conglomeration of semi-highrise of apartment flats, hiding the inner (shopping )centre.Now this center (Stadshart) is baffling. I was here years ago and it is quite impossible to get into the center by car. It wasn't the best introduction to Zoetermeer,...

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  • Different periods

    Here you can see how the church building and tower differ.There's a clockwork in the tower from the 17th century which is currently being restored.See the link for more photo's of the clockwork.

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  • The Old Church (Oude Kerk)

    Interestingly, it is very clear that the tower and church are of different dates.In the 17th century the Dutch Reformed church and Remonstant church also existed in Zoetermeer where the larger and more powerful Reformed Church used the Oude Kerk. Membership of a church was also a political statement. At the end of the 17th century a fight between...

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  • St. Nicholas church

    I can't find anything interesting to say about this church. I guess it's Catholic or it wouldn't have Saint Nicholas on its front.

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  • Village street

    The "dorpsstraat" is not really the town center of Zoetermeer. That is the modern "stadshart" (city heart) with all the well known chain stores.Well, I didn't come to shop. Just to have a look around and there were some nice local shops there anyway.

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  • Nutricia

    Mr. Van der Hagen managed to be the only producer licensed to produce cattle food. His company named Nutricia turned out to be the main babyfood producer to this day. It's competitor Friesche Vlag (Frisolac) never managed more than 25% of the market and the only other player is indeed Nutricia.Almost every Dutch child will have been fed something...

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  • Zoetermeer butter

    In the 1930s there were no less than 50 butter farmers in the area.The well known Leeuwenzegel, Bak & Braad and Wajang (the latter is vegetable butter) was produced by Margarine producer Brinkers.

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Zoetermeer Hotels

Zoetermeer Restaurants

  • by Sainty Written May 12, 2004

    It's a nice Argentinian orientated steakhouse. Loads of meat for nice prices.
    A wooden interior with nice decorations.

    It's located on teh outskirts of the shopping centre, so a nice place to visit after a long day of shopping.

    Favorite Dish: All you can eat Spare-ribs. Being a man I'm fond of meat, so Spare-ribs is a favorite of mine.

    The Spare-ribs here are really good and teh 'all you can eat' aspect is a real pro :)

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Zoetermeer Nightlife

  • by Sainty Written May 12, 2004

    It's a great Disco, with two area's. The first and oldest area is teh House area. Here a lot of House, Trance, Hardstyle and Techno is played by several DJ's .. From time to time some of Holland's finest will be performing here ie. Technoboy, DJ Isaac, Tiesto etc.

    The second area and most recent built, is a more apres-ski orientated area. A lot of dutch classics, disco hits and some r'n b will be played here.

    Dress Code: The houserules state 'no sportive close'. Trainers, caps and such are not allowed. Officially sneakers aren't aswell, but they do not enforce that rule

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Zoetermeer Shopping

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    by ATLC Updated Jun 28, 2003

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    SPAR is a chain of grocery stores that was started in 1932 in Zoetermeer by Adrian van Well. It was one of the first franchise concepts in The Netherlands.
    Seventy years later it is still the largest co-operative grocery chain in the world under one name.
    Spar means: Door Eendrachtig Samenwerken Profiteren Allen Regelmatig (Through co-operation all will profit regularly).
    SPAR is also a Dutch name for a tree. Hence the green "christmas" tree as logo.

    What to buy: SPAR are typical small neighbourhood grocery stores. In The Netherlands there are 275 Spar shops all run by independent entrepreneurs. Funny enough, there doesn't seem to be a Spar in Zoetermeer anymore!

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Zoetermeer Tourist Traps

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    ZOETERMEER ROKKEVEEN

    by ATLC Written Jun 26, 2003

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    Zoetermeer, admittedly, is not interesting for tourists. But if you're interested in city planning and building, then this is the place for you. Do see my Off the Beaten path tips. I'm sure the modern building will appeal. And it is interesting to see how the Dutch live: not in canal houses, farms or in quaint little towns at all !

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Zoetermeer Off The Beaten Path

  • Rokkeveen

    Rokkeveen was built from 1981 by a new generation of planologists. The suburb is planned in geometrical pieces around the water tower (which I did not photograph although I drove past it). Each sub-suburb circles around this water tower and each of those sub-suburbs has it's own building style. Click the link to see the water tower.

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  • Train station

    there's the superb entry to the pedestrian bridge again. Halfway there is the train station running along the motorway A12 between The Hague and Utrecht (passing Gouda which is another of my special VT pages!).

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  • 1981

    Rokkeveen was built from 1981 by a new generation of planologists. The suburb is planned in geometrical pieces around the water tower (which I did not photograph although I drove past it). Each sub-suburb circles around this water tower and each of those sub-suburbs has it's own building style.Click the link to see the water tower.

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Zoetermeer Favorites

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    ZOETERMEER

    by ATLC Updated Jun 26, 2003

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    Favorite thing: For a short while I worked in the right side of this office flat. Because Zoetermeer is so central, it is very convenient to have your business here. Which in turn means employment and population growth.

    Fondest memory: www.zoetermeer.nl (City council information)
    www.oudsoetermeer.nl (Historical information)

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